Matt Damon’s The Martian is getting rave reviews for its scientific accuracy, but some people are having trouble discerning fact from fiction.
In the film, a U.S. astronaut (played by Damon) is left behind on Mars after his team mistakenly believe he died in a duststorm.
Twitter is being flooded with tweets from movie-goers who think the Hollywood blockbuster is based on a true story.
Sometimes I'm smart, and sometimes I google "is the martian based on a true story". For the record it is definitely not.— Rebecca Rennie (@raerennie) September 23, 2015
Asking if the Martian was a true story, not one of my finer moments ??— Lauren Hart (@Laurenreneehart) October 2, 2015
For the record, the only celestial body humans have set foot on – besides Earth – is the moon.
Last month, NASA revealed the strongest evidence yet that liquid water is flowing on Mars, reigniting discussions on when man may be able to land on the red planet.
As great as "The Martian" was, my favorite part was after when my grandma asks if it was based on a true story— Richie Abruscato (@get___RICH) October 3, 2015
Heard a girl say to her boyfriend on the way out of The Martian 'was that true story?' I couldn't believe he didn't dump her on the spot!— Brian Maher (@MrBrianMaher) October 2, 2015
In a weird way, the tweeters might not be entirely wrong – watch legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explain how all life on Earth may have originated on Mars.